Image: One month of the world according to the New York Times
At the Center for Civic Media we do a lot of demos for the Media Lab in which we synthesize our work for visitors, sponsors and classes. Recently in our demos we talk about the three big three questions that our work in quantitative media analysis addresses: The What, Where and Who of Attention. We are interested in what topics are being discussed by mainstream media sources as well as social and participatory media. We are interested in where, geographically speaking, gets more (or less) attention and how media influences space and place. And we are interested in who gets to speak in the complicated new media ecosystem.
For What we have work like Attention Plotter by Erhardt Graeff (part of the Controversy Mapper project) that seeks to map how a local news story like the Trayvon Martin case becomes a full-blown media firestorm. Nathan Matias has been working on Who by analyzing the gender breakdown of internet media and by creating personal media interventions like Follow Bias. And as for Where - well, that's what this blog post is about.